Dear friends, it is Mahler time again.
This time I recorded from his 6th Symphony the slow and quiet movement. Some of you may be aware that there is a dispute about the order of movements in this Symphony (Adagio/Scherzo vs Scherzo/Adagio). I am currently staying out of this debate, because I "perform" this movement out of context. And I think it really can stand on its own. As can actually most movements from his symphonies.
In 2011 I did publish an album called "Slow Mahler... Out of Context", where I put 6 of his slow movements from various symphonies together. This new recording here would belong to to this CD.
I do have another plan for an album "Austrian Mahler... Out of Context", where I would compile those movements with a typical Austrian character, e.g. Laendler etc. I wonder why nobody has done such lateral compilations across Symphonies yet... seems at first kind of a sacrilege to disturb the holy order of the symphony movements, but there may be a surprising "red thread" also across symphonies, which can by highlighted through such compilations.
Anyway, I seem to ramble on here.... here is the music:
Done in my usual way: playing live each instrument (solely from Garritan Personal Orchestra 4) from the score into a sequencer (Sonar), then drawing the tempo map as the actual "conducting".
And working around some deficiencies: why does the sampled E-Clarinet not have all the high notes that are in the score? (I had to use a flute to play those). And why does the Celesta only have the upper half of the keyboard? Required are also many notes below... so I had to use a combination of Harpsichord and piano to emulate the Celesta. But nevertheless, I am quite satisfied with the overall outcome. In fact, I think this is the most expressive work that I have recorded so far.
Let me know what you think!